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Russian Immigration to Canada
Transcript of Russian Immigration to Canada
How the Russians Adapted to Canada
When the Russians immigrated to Canada it took a while to adapt to everything in Canada. Children learned the language (English) quicker than adults because they had to go to school.
Some of the Russians who immigrated to Canada (mostly adults) didn't come with any family, friends or anybody they knew.They came for a better life for themselves. The Russians had to make friends in their new community.
The Russians chose to move to Canada instead of any other country because Canada a lot to offer the Russians immigrants. Such; as freedom- in Russia the Russians had no freedom. They all had to be the same religion and the same race, and they all felt trapped.
Canada promised the Russians better jobs. In Russia the Russians were getting paid little amounts of money for working but they were told they'd get better jobs and more money in Canada. Also the Canadian government were looking for farmers and most Russians were farmers.
What did they Bring Along?
Russians brought along many things that people use today.
Russians have brought many different types of food, such as: borscht (a type of soup), caviar (fish eggs), and bobka (coffee cake). They also brought recipes that included different ingredients such as: dill, garlic, mushrooms, poppy seeds, and more. Russians also brought many different kinds of liquor with them as well.
A lot of the land in Canada was forest. So many Russians had to plow through forest and cut down trees that were in the way of the people who were building homes.
Russia a-cultural profile
Life in Canada VS Life in Russia
Canada and Russia are different in many ways, such as:
Russia is a very big and over populated country. So when the Russians immigrated to our country, they must have felt it was smaller and less crowed.
Another diference between Russia and Canada is their laws.
EXAMPLE: in Russia there was a law against two people of the same gender getting married, but in Canada there is no law against that.
What did they Bring Along (part 2)
Ever heard of the dance "ballet"? Well, the Russians also brought that over when they immigrated.
You may not have heard of this, but a Russian instrument (that people still use today) is called the balalaika. Russian immigrants brought this along with them also.
Because of all the people from different countries who immigrated to Canada, us Canadians, have more experiences with other cultures, language, foods, and religions.
Immigration to Canada
Sofia's Family aspects
On the Italian side of my family (my dad's side) the cultural aspects we still are making traditional foods such as; homemade pasta, tomato sauce, meatballs, pizza and wine. Also we have masses for family members that have passed away. The majority of my dad's side of the family still speak Italian to each other.
Alyssa's Family aspects
In my family everyone is Italian.-Both my mom and my dad. The cultural aspects that me and my family still maintain are: we still make food that me ancestors made- with the same recipe! Such as: pasta sauce, desserts, dried sausage, and many more. We also maintain the same family get-to-
gethers each year on: birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. In our family we all had to learn the language when we were little. So now everyone speaks the language! At all of our family get-to-gethers my whole family plays traditional Italian card games with
Italian cards- when we were small we also had to learn how to play these card games and what each card meant.Weddings! Weddings are a big part of my families life. All of my family members have had a big Italian wedding. These big weddings are all held at the same church. -All Souls Church.
Canada has a similar climate to Russia- very cold in the winter and hot in the summer-
this is an advantage because they didn't have to buy new clothes or adjust to a different
In Russia, the Russians would
work hard for a little amount of
money, but the Canadian Government
promised the Russians better jobs
if they came to Canada.
In Russia the Russians
felt that they were trapped,
had no choices but in
Canada they could make
their own choice, they found
Since the Russians spoke
Russian when they came to Canada everyone spoke English. So the Russians had to learn the language if they wanted a education or a good job.
The Russians felt rejected when they came to Canada and they were not wanted because they were a different race, and religion. Some guards would lie and say that the Russians were sick so they could not enter
The Canadian Government said there was open land for farming/building houses when really there was forest everywhere.
Timeline of Russian Immigration
When the Russians first moved to Canada, there was no "break'' for them. All of the Russians had to start looking for jobs, homes, and land, or start building their homes.
The Russians learned to adapt their customs to fit the daily life in Canada and gradually got involved in the community.
After a while, everyone started fitting in, getting used to their new home and everything felt right.
In Russia a lot of people didn't have many things (ex: jobs, education, homes, e.t.c.)but in Canada they had a better chance of getting/having these things.
Life in Canada was different from life in Russia even in the smallest ways, such as:
most Russians don't feel the need to use manners. in Canada, most of the people around them were always using manners, so eventually, the Russians used there manners more often.
The Russians liked that the climate in Canada was similar to the climate in Russia.
In Canada the Russians liked that there was higher employment, more wealth better services, and lower risk from natural hazards.
In Canada the Russians liked that
there was higher employment, more
wealth, better services, and lower risk
from natural hazards.
On my mom's side of the family which is my Croatian side, we still maintain maintain making Croatian-style foods from scratch,
such as: "sarma" (cabbage rolls), "burek" (like a strudel) and "palacinke" (crepes). My mom's father is Orthodox (which is a religion) and as a family we have a small get together celebrating the
Orthodox Christmas, on January 7th. My mom and her family members still speak Croatian to eachother all the time!
Our families still maintain
these cultural aspects
because they grew up with
speaking the language and eating these foods. We have benefited from these traditions because we can now carry on with these traditions with our children and our families generations that come after us.
Over 1 million Russian
Immigrants arrived in
Canada during these
33 years. About half of
these immigrant were Jewish.
More Russians started immigrating at this time because World War I had ended. Barely any Russians immigrated between the years 1939 and 1945 due to World War II.
Canada received over 15 000 Russian immigrants as the outcome of World War II.